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Local Editorials

New year, new chance to actually tackle debt

As Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It diverts ...

Pulling out of Afghanistan is the right move to make

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was recently reported. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from Afghanistan ...

Senate should probe every aspect involved

Members of the House of Representatives — Democrats, anyway — have set the stage for only the third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history. Maybe. If they ever send their articles of impeachment to the Senate. As of right now, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is playing ...

Et Cetera …

Thanks, Rep. Gunther State Rep. Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, recently announced he will not run again for his District 23A seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. It’s strange to consider that Gunther will no longer represent the area, as he has done so for 25 years. He will be ...

In 2020: Maybe focus on more positive things

The New Year’s resolutions are about to be forthcoming. For many people, these involve personal goals such as losing weight, getting in better shape or perhaps making a commitment to volunteering. All great ideas and — if the energy and will power can be sustained — all of benefit to ...

For now, Max jetliners must remain grounded

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators, however, should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft ...

Christmas is many things; enjoy them all

People being people, some would tell you exactly what Christmas is all about and what it must mean to you. But Christmas is not just one thing; it’s many things and all of them are joyous. We hope guilt is never part of your Christmas and that you enjoy the day however you see fit, with ...

This holiday season: Be sure to protect kids

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Et Cetera …

Group makes difference Our society has a problem with drugs. Meth, opioids, heroin, marijuana. But condemning and imprisoning those involved with drugs has not shown itself to be a solution. What matters is care and concern from adults so that young people never make the choice to turn to ...

Space Force? Seems like job for the Air Force

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

FBI must do better to regain citizens’ trust

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been a long-respected entity in the U.S. government, although certainly not one free of taint. Think J. Edgar Hoover and his political ties/operations over the years. These included spying on Americans. The ghost of those bad old days has risen its ugly ...

Why should companies,unions be penalized?

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More was exposed this week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American public. After ...

Socialism holds out promise of equal misery

There are serious problems in the Democratic presidential field that can be summed up in two candidates: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. They are socialists. Which is to say they are advocates for failure. Sanders and Warren are among the “Big Four” candidates, including Joe Biden ...

This time of year: Be warm but remain safe

Temperatures have reached the point where all of us can no longer deny that winter is here. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is space ...

Et Cetera …

Group put in the work The Community Center Committee in Fairmont is to be credited for all the work it has done to put together a viable proposal for the new facility, which would be operated by the YMCA. The committee acted with patience, gathered pertinent information and whittled down ...

Questions remain in case of Saudi shooter

Until they have answers, the priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

The ‘victory’ belongs to American workers

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with Democrat lawmakers’ vendetta against President Donald Trump, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced this week that her caucus has ...

Impeachment efforts are clearly political

It is a virtually foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives — Democrats in it, that is — will vote to impeach President Donald Trump. When that happens, it will go down as the most transparently political impeachment in history. Not a single Republican in the House is expected ...

Budget surplus will fuel legislative debate

With a projected surplus of $1.3 billion glimmering at the end of the current state budget, legislators are sure to be talking this session about what to do with it. Do we want tax relief? More money for roads and bridges? More money for unmet health care needs? Raises for health care ...

Community colleges are blessing to many

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...